Trump denies he asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

In a letter to FBI acting director Andrew McCabe, Mr Chaffetz cited a report from the "New York Times" stating that Mr Comey's memo "describes a conversation in which the president referenced the FBI investigation. and said to Comey, 'I hope you can let this go.' " He asked the FBI to provide "all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings" related to Mr Comey's communication with Mr Trump.

"The media thinks it's about Trump, and it's not", said Steve Deace, an Iowa-based commentator for Conservative Review and a former talk-radio host who has been critical of Trump.

Before going to the dinner, Comey practiced Trump's likely questions and his answers with a small group of his most trusted confidantes, the associates said, in part to ensure he didn't give Trump any ammunition to use against him later.

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he said in a tersely-worded statement.

For all the fallout from the damning news surrounding President Trump this past week, Republicans calling for more investigations was not one of them.

Former Trump aides Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort have emerged as key figures in the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, which has just been taken over by a special counsel, four law enforcement officials told NBC News. The FBI has been looking into Flynn for months as part of a counterintelligence investigation.

Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes, 77, dies
Ailes advised Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, helping him to prepare for debates. Ailes wife Elizabeth issued a statement saying her husband had passed away at the age of 77.

The US President chose a speech at the graduation ceremony of the newest US Coast Guard officers to hit back following a succession of negative news reports over his sudden decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week. "Nothing will change by virtue of Director Comey's termination".

Congressional committees in the House and the Senate are also conducting investigations.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) told reporters there should be a special counsel only "if" the committees in the Senate and House investigating Russian Federation "cannot get to answers".

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media. He says he wants to determine whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation into Flynn. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said, "We've got to be able to resolve this so the Russians don't win".

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